Tuesday, April 27, 2010

book notes

Havana Nocturne by T. J. English

The 1942 apprehension of (7?) German saboteurs in the Harbor of New York was made possible by a deal with Lucky Luciano in which Luciano gets released from prison in exchange for ordering his port mobsters to turn government informants.

Batista's overconfidence really played into Castro's hand (as Kennedy's would later) -- first letting Castro free from a 30 year prison sentence and then claiming that he had been killed in a battle, setting the stage for Castro to re-emerge in the famous New York Times 3-part profile.

The multi-racial music scene in Havana was making it the international cool place of the 50's -- a potentially powerful reposte to North America's racial segregation.